House emergency aid package puts people over polluters

March 24, 2020
“The COVID crisis demands a federal response unprecedented since World War II. That response must be focused on helping people, not polluters. “We appreciate the Members of Congress supporting The Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act (H.R. 6379), which provides immediate… More »

Earthworks Comments on Update to the Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act

March 11, 2020

Senators’ Amendments to Energy Bill Would Finally Hold Mining Industry Accountable for its Pollution

March 4, 2020
Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), joined by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) offered an amendment to the American Energy  Innovation Act, the energy… More »

Earthworks Testimony on West Virginia HB4615: West Virginia Critical Infrastructure Protection Act

March 4, 2020

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Earthworks applauds Gov. Wolf promise to veto reckless tax giveaway to expand oil, gas, and plastic industry

February 6, 2020
Statement of Earthworks’ Pennsylvania and Ohio Field Advocate Leann Leiter on the passage of HB1100 and Wolf’s promise to veto: “The Pennsylvania General Assembly showed shortsightedness and a lack of political courage by voting to give away hundreds of millions… More »

Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Committee Votes to Include Non-Energy Mining as a Covered Sector

January 15, 2020
Statement of Aaron Mintzes, Senior Policy Counsel, Earthworks: When polluting interests seek special favors from government they often dress it up with the euphemism, “streamlining.” But “streamlining” for the mining industry means elbowing the public out of the way. Earlier… More »

NEPA rollback affects mining, not just climate

January 9, 2020
Background: Last week, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) celebrated its 50th anniversary. Today, the President will personally announce proposed rules that would fundamentally undermine it. Although much attention is properly focused on the climate impacts of this announcement, NEPA… More »

Earthworks’ Comments on Global Tailings Review Draft Standard

January 6, 2020